Center for Research and Security Studies
Series: Olasi Adalat.
Topic: PK 73 Bannu 4.
Guest: Malik Riaz Khan, MPA from PK73 Bannu 4
Anchor Person: Fida Adeel.
âIt is indeed strange to find such a backward area in District Bannu as PK 73 after five years of Akram Khan Durrani as Chief Minister. Malik Riaz Khan is the elected MPA from PK 73 who belongs to JUI (F). He is a seasoned campaigner and had been in PPP for long 45 years before switching over to JUI during the last elections. Enumerating the major problems in PK 73 he saysâ¦ âAlthough Mr. Durrani did a lot for Bannu but still PK73 is so backward. The prime issue here is load shedding and frequent power failure. Most of the feeders are overloaded or need repair. Problems are too many. We have a population of four hundred thousand. People are unemployed. Roads are not metallic. We have not sufficient funds for major development. I received two cror rupees which were spent for transformers. Unless a huge grant is released to us, we cannot solve our problems.
Fida Adeel: Dear listeners, your host Fida Adeel is here with Olasi Adalat. I am having MR. Malik Riaz Khan who is an elected MPA from PK73 Bannu 4. He belongs to JUI (F) but before that he has been in Pakistan Peopleâs party for long 45 years.
Please brief us about the major problems in PK73.
Malik Riaz: Thank you indeed for being with us. It is a good effort to know and discuss the problems of public concern. Although Mr. Durrani did a lot for Bannu but still PK73 is so backward. The prime issue here is load shedding and frequent power failure. Most of the feeders are overloaded or need repair. Problems are too many. We have a population of four hundred thousand. People are unemployed. Roads are not metallic. We have not sufficient funds for major development. I received two cror rupees which were spent for transformers. Unless a huge grant is released to us, we cannot solve our problems.
Fida Adeel: But if there is no power then what use are transformers?
Malik Riaz: there is power for a few hours and if there is no transformer then you will have no electricity at all. Transformer is a basic thing. We hope that within a couple of years power crisis will be resolved.
Fida Adeel: gas is also a major issue here. What is the situation in PK73?
Malik Riaz: My area starts right from the city. There is no gas available to any of the village in my constituency. Gas is an important facility but still we donât have it in our region. Forests are cut down and people are facing many problems.
Fida Adeel: where there is gas provided in Bannu was the area where Mr. Durrani was the MPA. Why is your area left out?
Malik Riaz: He did a lot as was possible. He was an MPA from Pk73 and not the chief minister. It is a federal subject and no special grant was provided to him. He received one cror rupees per annum which was not enough for mega projects.
Fida Adeel: Mr. Durrani is accused of transferring all the funds to Bannu. Is it correct?
Malik Riaz: He did a lot for the whole province. This blame is baseless. Bannu was backward region and it deserved to be developed but not at the cost of other regions. Only a slight difference may have occurred.
Fida Adeel: You spent 45 years in PPP. You have remained on various posts. What made you join JUI?
Malik Riaz: I still salute Bhutto and Benazir. During 45 years I popularize PPP so much that it became a force to reckon with. I lost the election twice for a slight margin. I parted ways with them because now the leadership of the party was in the hands of incompetent people. Jamiat approached me and compelled me to join JUI. I was visited by dignified religious clerics and I supported Moulana Fazal Rehman.
Fida Adeel: JUI has played a good role in southern districts. PTI showed good results. What is the reason that the vote bank of JUI is affected?
Malik Riaz: masses get emotional or desperate and opt for new trend. PTI is no ideological party while JUI is an old and ideological party. PTI is whimsical party. The establishment also supported it and people also tried to test them. Their efficiency is not good at present. They have brought no change in the system.
Fida Adeel: Local bodiesâ elections are in the offing. What are your preparations?
Malik Riaz: These are the most difficult elections because many people want party tickets in the same locality. Everyone thinks himself the most deserving person. But our party will actively participate in these elections. Local elections are very important for each region.
Fida Adeel: during the elections people are annoyed on account of granting tickets. Do you plan to adjust your ignored people in these elections?
Malik Riaz: if anyone refuses the decision of the party then they commit violation of the party rule. Some people have shown silent violation. Those who worked against us will be expelled from the party.
Fida Adeel: Are you satisfied with the efforts for progress by Mr. Akram Durrani in your area?
Malik Riaz: Yes indeed I am fully satisfied with his performance.
Fida Adeel: dear listeners, we have also talked with some of the local people. Let us listen to them.
RECORDED INTERVIEWS by Fida Adeel:
âMy name is Irfan Ullah from Bannu. We have many problems but electricity is outstanding among it. Students also face so many problems. Our region is so backward and lacks all kinds of facilities. We expect from our MPA and the government to pay special attentionâ
âMy name is Ghulam Sher. We expect from Malik Riaz to provide employment to our people.â
âMy name is kamal. We request Malik Riaz to solve our health, education and transportation problems. We need metallic roads. â
âMy name is Nasir and I reside in PK73. We lack the basic facilities like power and gas. There is no technical education for our youth. We expect from Malik Riaz to solve our problems.â
âMy name is Abid and I am a farmer. Our major problem is load shedding. We take help from generators. We have only light for four hours for the whole day. There are no hospitals and roads. Akram Durrani had been our MPA but did nothing for us.â
âMy name is Jamshed Ullah. Our health unit lacks all the necessary facilities. Law and order situation is not good and the hospital has no facility to deal emergency. We request Malik Riaz to bring improvement in our rural health centers.â
Fida Adeel: I may ask Mr. Malik Riaz that what the condition of communication in your area is.
Malik Riaz: Most of our roads are muddy and it seems that if government has never turned its attention towards it. Communication is a huge problem here.
Fida Adeel: Have you ever raised your concern in the assembly?
Malik Riaz: Yes I have talked about it but the government pays no attention to us as we are in the opposition. We are not granted any funds for our roads.
Fida Adeel: What in your opinion is the situation in regards to allocation of funds? Does the treasury MPAs get more funds?
Malik Riaz: they have received five cror rupees with other discretionary funds. They get ten times more then we get.
Fida Adeel: What is the health scenario? Is there any major hospital in PK73?
Malik Riaz: we have only one RHC in Kaki while the rest of the places have BHUs only.
Fida Adeel: Law and order situation is critical here. Do you want that there should be a hospital with emergency facilities?
Malik Riaz: It is very much required. Nobody dares to go out after evening. We need a full fledged hospital in our area.
Fida Adeel: What is education scenario in PK73?
Malik Riaz: There is lack of schools in our area. Thanks to Durrani, we have several colleges here. Although we still need many colleges.
Fida Adeel: Female education is also very important. Are there female colleges?
Malik Riaz: Yes there is a girlâs college in Kaki which is under construction. There are some other female colleges in our area.
Fida Adeel: are people aware about the importance of female education?
Malik Riaz: My people are conscious about female education. They want their girls to get education.
Fida Adeel: is there any technical college or cottage industry in PK73?
Malik Riaz: I think there is a technical college in Kaki. The cottage industry is negligible.
Fida Adeel: is there any industry or means of employment?
Malik Riaz: There is a sugar mill in my constituency but it is not operational. There is no industry.
Fida Adeel: What is the means of sustenance in your area?
Malik Riaz: most of the people are associated with agriculture.
Fida Adeel: Agriculture department train people and provide help as well. Are you satisfied with its performance?
Malik Riaz: I am certainly not satisfied with its performance. It is not helping our people at all. No help or provisions are provided to our farmers.
Fida Adeel: What are the activities of youth in your area? Are there any sport facilities?
Malik Riaz: There is great sport talent in our youth. We have only one sport stadium here. One sport ground for crocket is under construction. Our youth has no grounds to play.
Fida Adeel: I have heard that each year you hold a Kabadi tournament. Has it ever produced any famous players?
Malik Riaz: Yes I hold this tournament at a high cost. It has produced famous players and has sent many players to national team. I have known at least ten people who got employment due to this tournament. It is very much famous here and people are very fond of it. We have a special ground for it.
Fida Adeel: I know Bannu city which has a public park. Is there any public park in your constituency?
Malik Riaz: There is no public park but I have established a personal park where people can relax. It is always crowded and people gather there. I bear all the costs myself. Everything is free there. It is not for business and my aim is to give some relief to the people. I wish that it should be further developed.
Fida Adeel: you mentioned guava which is very famous in the world. Is there any plan for the farmers to develop it further like the mango from Sindh?
Malik Riaz: there is no state support for us. People are helping themselves. This guava is so sweet and beautiful with the grace of God but there is no state supervision.
Fida Adeel: are you satisfied with law enforcing agencies?
Malik Riaz: the situation is not good. Police force is trying hard and has met many casualties but still they are helpless. A police station was completely blown a few days ago. Peace is essential for life.
Fida Adeel: Your leader made efforts and a grand Jirga is formed. Do you think that it is essential that government should give mandate to this Jirga?
Malik Riaz: There are three powers at present. One is Taliban; the other is army while the third is government. In between are people like Moulana Fazal Rehman. But there are international players in it. These players do not want peace here. I have been told that we have so much reserves of gas in our province which is more than enough for us. It is an international game to keep this area backward. Moulana is trying hard but the government is not extending any support to him. We want anybody to come forward to work for peace. We are replete with so many natural resources. We have fertile land and hard working people. Moulana called a grand Jirga but with no result. We demand that Moulana should be given full power to negotiate.
Fida Adeel: A few days ago Nawaz Sharif sought help from Moulana Sami ul Haq to solve this problem. Do you think he can solve this problem?
Malik Riaz: I have heard the interview where Moulana called himself a postman. How can he be effective in such a crucial problem? Taliban have their own demands. I think he cannot solve this issue.
Fida Adeel: Different issues are politically exploited by various parties. Do you think the blockage of NATO supply has any effect on America?
Malik Riaz: I think it is only a drama. The supply is continued and the protest of PTI is just point scoring. They cannot stop drone attacks. America only cares about its own interests. America has been trying to reach warm waters for the last hundred years and now they have arrived.
Fida Adeel: Moulana Fazal Rehman has announced to launch a protest against the provincial government. Are you satisfied with the efficiency of PTI? Moulana also wished to have formed the government in KPK. Do you foresee any change now?
Malik Riaz: The change will come soon. All the MPAs are dissatisfied with the government. They have only six members in excess to form the government. But Nawaz Sharif does not want to topple their government. They want to test them.
Fida Adeel: You are an MPA and could you please tell us that if your MNAs could be included in the federal government?
Malik Riaz: we have good agreement with the federal government. Two of our members will be appointed as federal ministers. The announcement is delayed due to the selection of new ministers in the federal cabinet.
Fida Adeel: What is the reason that Moulana is always in the government?
Malik Riaz: he is a shrewd politician and has convincing powers. Nawaz Sharif needs him in the present situation. Religious party and its support is essential for any government. Nobody can excel Moulana in the political field. He has a wonderful mind. He is in favour of cordial relation with India and said so ten years ago.
Fida Adeel: what is your opinion about the performance of federal government?
Malik Riaz: Nawaz is there for the third time. Education is not only to get a job but it is essential for leading a better life. Our people do not engage in private business. Peace is essential for commercial activities. Unemployment is increasing day by day. We need capital in our country. There is huge potential for exploration. We have cheap labour. But the situation is so bad that nobody can go to Baluchistan for exploration. Electricity is making our factories to stand still. We have great opportunities for producing cheap hydel power. No major dams are constructed in the country. The cost of Bhasha dam has multiplied. Long term projects are not initiated. Only short term projects have became fashion with each government. China got independence after us. When I asked about the secret of their progress, I was told that there is a committee of just 48 members who gave projects to the government. These long term projects are binding on the government. Look at the wastage of river waters. India has constructed so many huge dams while we have done nothing after 1962. There is no proper planning for any long term projects in our country. If we get sincere leadership then we can make progress.
Fida Adeel: You termed electricity as the main problem. It is alleged that theft is frequent in Bannu. Why is it so?
Malik Riaz: I have requested the prime Minster to cure his water and power minister who is lunatic. We are threatened to be deprived of power supply but nobody can stop electricity to Bannu. Our theft is negligible as compared to the theft of electricity in the factories of Punjab.
Fida Adeel: What is your opinion about Olasi Adalat?
Malik Riaz: It is indeed a sincere and good effort for the welfare of our people. I pray for your success. You demand nothing from us but just try to help our people. I appreciate and pray for the success of CRSS and its whole team.
Fida Adeel: Thank you so much for your time. Dear listeners, you heard the discussion with Malik Riaz. Your feedback will be highly appreciated. It is good bye for now.